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Re: Erasing data before disposing of hard drives

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White Canyon wipe drive is available in stores like Best Buy etc.

White Canyon is Approved by The DoD 5220.22M standard for doing the required 3 x 1's and Zero's

Which is Better? WipeDrive or WipeDrive System Saver?

It depends on how you want to erase your hard drive.

In summary, if you want everything permanently erased from the hard drive, use WipeDrive.

If you want everything (documents, pictures, etc) but you want your operating system and programs left intact, you should use WipeDrive System Saver to erase the hard drive. In fact, WipeDrive System saver is the only erase hard drive tool in the world that completely overwrites all your data but can leave the operating system intact!

Secure Erase is also free.

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Disk Drive Secure Erase for User Data

Download Freeware Secure Erase Utility


Secure Erase Q & A

G.F. Hughes, D.M. Commins, and T. Coughlin, “Disposal of disk and tape data by secure sanitization,” IEEE Security and Privacy, Vol. 7, No. 4, (July/August 2009), pp. 29-34.  [PDF  ucsd only]


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NIST 800-88 recommends Secure Erase.

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